Dan’s Floating Garden idea won $10,000 at the first 5×5 event at Big Car.


The theme re:Connect is inspired by Reconnecting to Our Waterways, a grassroots movement to leverage our waterways to strengthen neighborhoods and trigger opportunities for engaging with nature, our waterways, and each other. Scroll down to see the finalists and their ideas. Everyone did a wonderful job. Please consider further conversations with these artists if their ideas resonate with you.


Dan Fifer
Floating Gardens

Let’s give Indianapolis something that will inspire other cities. Floating gardens will make use of the excellent waterways that wind through our city while adding beauty and intrigue to the local communities. These novel gardens will bring the citizens of Indianapolis together to learn about the local environment in a unique setting that highlights the beauty of nature. With a group of colleagues I would like to install a floating garden on the White River near the Monon Trail’s 67th St access point. This garden would provide a proof of concept for more floating gardens throughout Indianapolis.

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Daniel Del Real, Nopal Cultural Center
Piñata Party Project

The Piñata Fishermen are an army of fishermen who dwell around Indy’s waterways. They adorn creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes in greater Indianapolis. They like to show off the fish they’ve caught which represent the talents of the people who surround the waterways in which the fishermen reside. The Piñata Fishermen is an idea aimed at getting neighborhoods to collaborate in creating a small sculpture that draws attention to their local creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes.

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Mark Kesling, The daVinci Pursuit
Giant Waterbugs

Working together, artist David Landis and science educator and daVinci Pursuit founder, Mark Kesling are creating a series of giant waterbugs designed to demonstrate the flow of water along our major waterways. A major focus is to bring attention to the movement of the natural elements in the world around us that are often unnoticed or taken for granted. For quite some time now we have been drawn to this paradox and the possibilities it holds for creative expression through kinetic sculpture.

This proposal is for the creation and installation of the first waterbug to be moored in a major waterway and motivated by the natural flow of water past it.

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Meredith Brickell
The Pogue’s Run Observation Station

To encourage looking, listening and reflection on our local waterways, we propose constructing an observation station in Brookside or Spades Park positioned near Pogue’s Run. This project will highlight the creek as a destination and encourage engagement with public spaces and local ecosystems. This site will draw neighbors for a variety of reasons-bird watching, drawing sessions, picnics, etc. The Observation Station will borrow from the language of backyard tree houses (a secluded hideaway for imagination and adventure), scenic overlooks (a place to witness and celebrate natural beauty), and nature center (a public space for education about our surrounding environment). 

The Pogue’s Run Observation Station encourages engagement with public spaces and local ecosystems.

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Luke Crawley
WAP: Waterway Audio Project

The Waterway Audio Project (WAP) is a site-based audio composition that is accessible via a QR code displayed on a sculptural wayfaring sign element. Source audio is gathered through an event in which community members are given temporary use of portable, hand-held digital audio recorders to capture sounds of their own personal waterway experience at each site. WAP’s goal is to create an intimate connection with Indy’s waterways through sound. At the heart of the project is a sound art composition that uses audio recorded along the waterway at the site as its source material. The sounds would be recorded not only by our team, but also by community participants at a sound gathering event.




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